The Tempest, (13)
3.5 Dating The True Declaration (TD) cont.
Our second method of comparison takes the form of a table of various combinations of metaphorical parallels between (1) the TD, (2) Bacon's work and (3) the Shake-speare work.
— Fountain of thought —
(1) The next Fountaine of woes was secure negligence
(2) but to drink indeed of the true fountains of learning (Advancement of Learning, p.121)
(3) Thersites: Would the fountain of your mind were clear again,
that I might water an ass at it!
(1602-3 Troilus and Cressida, 3.3.305-6)
— Stream and strive —
(1) For if the country be barren or the situation contagious as famine and sickness destroy our nation, we strive against the stream of reason and make ourselves the subjects of scorn and derision.
(2) whereby divinity hath been reduced into an art, as into a cistern, and the streams of doctrine or positions fetched and derived from thence. (Advancement of Learning, p.293)
(3) Timon: ... Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth,
That 'gainst the stream of virtue they may strive,
And drown themselves in riot!
(1604-7 Timon of Athens, 4.1.26-8)
Lysander: ... scorn and derision never come in tears.
(1594-5 A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2.123)
— Sinews of power —
(1) The emulation of Caesar and Pompey watered the plains of Pharsaly with blood and distracted the sinews of the Roman monarchy.
(2) We will begin, therefore, with this precept, according to the ancient opinion, that the sinews of wisdom are slowness of belief and distrust.
(Advancement of Learning, p.273)
(3) Henry V. ... Now are we well resolved; and, by God's help,
And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe,
Or break it all to pieces:
(1599 Henry V, 1.2.222-5)
— Distance between views —
(1) There is a great distance betwixt the vulgar opinion of men and the judicious apprehension of wise men.
(2) And if it come so to pass, in that distance of judgment, which is between man and man ... (Of Unity in Religion, p.346)